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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Leviticus Chapter 7

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Moses
Date Penned: (1445-1444 BC)
Overview: A Handbook for the Priests and Levites (c 1-27)
Theme: Worshipping a Holy God (c 1-17)
Message: The Trespass/Guilt Offering (v 1-38)

Leviticus 7 Commentary

(7-18) The Peace Offering - The peace offering was divided into three kinds according to purpose: thanksgiving offering, vow offering, and voluntary offering. A thanksgiving offering was appropriate whenever one wished to show thanks to God, as when recovering from a serious illness or after surviving a dangerous calamity (Psalm 107). A vow offering was given in fulfillment of a vow (2 Samuel 15:7-8). The voluntary offering, however, needed no special occasion or reason.

(7:22-27) The Fat Offering - The fat portions were regarded as the best portions; therefore, it was appropriate to dedicate them only to God. Because blood represented life, and life was God's gift and his alone, blood had to be returned to God and not used by people.

(7:28-30) Bring Your Own Offering - God told the people of Israel to bring their peace offerings personally, with their own hands. They were to take time and effort to express thanks to God. You are the best person to express your thankfulness to God and to others. Do you leave it to others to express thanks to someone who has been helpful? Do you rely on the one leading in prayer to thank God for you? Take time to communicate your personal gratitude both to God and to others who have helped and blessed you.

(7:30-36) The Wave Offering - The portion of the peace offering that was waved before the altar was set apart for the priests. This is sometimes called the wave offering. The waving motion toward and away from the altar symbolized the offering of the sacrifice to God and his returning it to the priests. This food helped to care for the priests, who cared for God's house. The New Testament teaches that ministers should be paid by the people they serve (Corinthians 9:14). We should give generously to those who minister to us.

(7:37) The Consecration -  "Consecrations" refers to the offering given at the ceremony when priests were inducted into office (see 8:22).

(7:38) The Meaning of Rituals - God gave his people many rituals and instructions to follow. All the rituals in Leviticus were meant to teach the people valuable lessons. But over time, the people became indifferent to the meanings of these rituals, and they began to lose touch with God. When your church appears to be conducting dry, meaningless rituals, instead of criticizing or becoming discouraged, try rediscovering the original meaning and purpose behind each ritual. Your worship will be revitalized

 

 


Dave Burnette's Life Application

A Personal Relationship

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book of Leviticus with Chapter 7 and in today's text we read of the Trespass (or Guilt) Offerings with the Peace Offerings. All the offerings show the Character of God and specifically the relationship of a sinful man and a Holy God. What catches my eye today are verses 29-30 where God told the people of Israel to bring their peace offerings personally - with their own hands. They were to take the time and effort to express thanks to God. In making application we see that God wants to deal with us personally and in that - we are to personally express ourselves to Him. Some want others of spiritual leadership to pray for them but God wants you to personally talk to Him. Some want others to tell them what the scriptures say without reading them themselves. The truth is that God wants a personal relationship with you. You to talk to Him in prayer - You to search His Word to hear what He is saying. How about you? Do you see that God wants to deal with you on a personal level? Let us learn from today's text and establish a personal relationship with God.

 

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Leviticus 7

Leviticus 7

 1Likewise this is the law of the trespass offering: it is most holy.

 2In the place where they kill the burnt offering shall they kill the trespass offering: and the blood thereof shall he sprinkle round about upon the altar.

 3And he shall offer of it all the fat thereof; the rump, and the fat that covereth the inwards,

 4And the two kidneys, and the fat that is on them, which is by the flanks, and the caul that is above the liver, with the kidneys, it shall he take away:

 5And the priest shall burn them upon the altar for an offering made by fire unto the LORD: it is a trespass offering.

 6Every male among the priests shall eat thereof: it shall be eaten in the holy place: it is most holy.

 7As the sin offering is, so is the trespass offering: there is one law for them: the priest that maketh atonement therewith shall have it.

 8And the priest that offereth any man's burnt offering, even the priest shall have to himself the skin of the burnt offering which he hath offered.

 9And all the meat offering that is baken in the oven, and all that is dressed in the fryingpan, and in the pan, shall be the priest's that offereth it.

 10And every meat offering, mingled with oil, and dry, shall all the sons of Aaron have, one as much as another.

 11And this is the law of the sacrifice of peace offerings, which he shall offer unto the LORD.

 12If he offer it for a thanksgiving, then he shall offer with the sacrifice of thanksgiving unleavened cakes mingled with oil, and unleavened wafers anointed with oil, and cakes mingled with oil, of fine flour, fried.

 13Besides the cakes, he shall offer for his offering leavened bread with the sacrifice of thanksgiving of his peace offerings.

 14And of it he shall offer one out of the whole oblation for an heave offering unto the LORD, and it shall be the priest's that sprinkleth the blood of the peace offerings.

 15And the flesh of the sacrifice of his peace offerings for thanksgiving shall be eaten the same day that it is offered; he shall not leave any of it until the morning.

 16But if the sacrifice of his offering be a vow, or a voluntary offering, it shall be eaten the same day that he offereth his sacrifice: and on the morrow also the remainder of it shall be eaten:

 17But the remainder of the flesh of the sacrifice on the third day shall be burnt with fire.

 18And if any of the flesh of the sacrifice of his peace offerings be eaten at all on the third day, it shall not be accepted, neither shall it be imputed unto him that offereth it: it shall be an abomination, and the soul that eateth of it shall bear his iniquity.

 19And the flesh that toucheth any unclean thing shall not be eaten; it shall be burnt with fire: and as for the flesh, all that be clean shall eat thereof.

 20But the soul that eateth of the flesh of the sacrifice of peace offerings, that pertain unto the LORD, having his uncleanness upon him, even that soul shall be cut off from his people.

 21Moreover the soul that shall touch any unclean thing, as the uncleanness of man, or any unclean beast, or any abominable unclean thing, and eat of the flesh of the sacrifice of peace offerings, which pertain unto the LORD, even that soul shall be cut off from his people.

 22And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

 23Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, Ye shall eat no manner of fat, of ox, or of sheep, or of goat.

 24And the fat of the beast that dieth of itself, and the fat of that which is torn with beasts, may be used in any other use: but ye shall in no wise eat of it.

 25For whosoever eateth the fat of the beast, of which men offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD, even the soul that eateth it shall be cut off from his people.

 26Moreover ye shall eat no manner of blood, whether it be of fowl or of beast, in any of your dwellings.

 27Whatsoever soul it be that eateth any manner of blood, even that soul shall be cut off from his people.

 28And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

 29Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, He that offereth the sacrifice of his peace offerings unto the LORD shall bring his oblation unto the LORD of the sacrifice of his peace offerings.

 30His own hands shall bring the offerings of the LORD made by fire, the fat with the breast, it shall he bring, that the breast may be waved for a wave offering before the LORD.

 31And the priest shall burn the fat upon the altar: but the breast shall be Aaron's and his sons'.

 32And the right shoulder shall ye give unto the priest for an heave offering of the sacrifices of your peace offerings.

 33He among the sons of Aaron, that offereth the blood of the peace offerings, and the fat, shall have the right shoulder for his part.

 34For the wave breast and the heave shoulder have I taken of the children of Israel from off the sacrifices of their peace offerings, and have given them unto Aaron the priest and unto his sons by a statute for ever from among the children of Israel.

 35This is the portion of the anointing of Aaron, and of the anointing of his sons, out of the offerings of the LORD made by fire, in the day when he presented them to minister unto the LORD in the priest's office;

 36Which the LORD commanded to be given them of the children of Israel, in the day that he anointed them, by a statute for ever throughout their generations.

 37This is the law of the burnt offering, of the meat offering, and of the sin offering, and of the trespass offering, and of the consecrations, and of the sacrifice of the peace offerings;

 38Which the LORD commanded Moses in mount Sinai, in the day that he commanded the children of Israel to offer their oblations unto the LORD, in the wilderness of Sinai.